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Animal Welfare
Determining the efficacy and safety of differing caliber/ammunition combinations for the humane euthanization and subsequent mass depopulation of market weight pigs.
The global pandemic attributable to the COVID-19 virus has severely disrupted the U.S. pork supply chain over the past few months as many packer/processors have closed and(or) restricted their scope...
Animal Welfare
Field evaluation of humane pig euthanasia using a dump trailer as a CO2 chamber
In the summer of 2018, African swine fever virus was detected in China, highlighting the need renewed preparation efforts in the United States against foreign animal diseases. Since 2018, many...
Animal Welfare
Depopulation methods in swine: what has been done and what are the knowledge gaps
Mass depopulation refers to the need of ending the life of large numbers of animals due to emergencies. This need could arise, for example, when we face disease epidemics (especially for pathogens...
Animal Welfare
Animal caretakers perspectives on performing euthanasia on commercial sow farms
Animal Welfare
Determining the efficacy and safety of differing caliber/ammunition combinations for the humane euthanization and subsequent mass depopulation of market weight pigs
Animal Welfare
Use of modified rendering trailers to achieve rapid depopulation of modern sow units
The US swine herds are susceptible to the introduction of catastrophic diseases that may require mass depopulation to contain. While the industry is well versed on individual animal euthanasia, mass...
Animal Welfare
Capturing genetic potential for greater sow lifetime productivity
These findings indicate that poor survival to weaning, and lower gilt retention rates during development, are critical issues for low birth weight gilts and for gilts born to sows with a low ALBW_P....
Animal Welfare
Evaluation of Analgesia Efficacy in Piglets Undergoing Castration and Processing
Surgical castration is routinely performed on commercial pig farms in North America to prevent boar taint and aggression. This procedure is known to be painful for piglets, yet is typically done...
Animal Welfare
Validation of a Mobile Electrocution System for Humane Mass Depopulation of Swine
Animal Welfare
Identifying barriers and implementing solutions to practical on-farm pain management during castration
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